Initially chosen because I thought that it would be explanatory and literal I found that it was much deeper upon reading. While architecture was covered broadly, there was emotion in the words and descriptions of what home means to the occupants and how their homes interact with the world.
My favorite portion perhaps was the interview with the architect John Pawson on the building/remodeling of his own home in London.
How about lighting? It’s all concealed is it?
- Yes, it’s nice not to see the fittings. It’s hugely important for atmosphere. There’s lots of lighting in coves so it washes the walls and it’s also concealed above and below the benches. I only put downlights in restricted spaces where they’re framed so they’re not loose on the ceilings like showers. It makes it difficult to light the table if you do that – that’s the problem. We use candles. When you talk about having a vocabulary or certain givens, the walls are white, floors are usually stone or wood or concrete, lighting is concealed, storage is made to disappear. – John Pawson
And this quote from the book – “In some cases, house and site are one and the same thing. Site is also context in a broader sense. What’s outside the front door? A road, a lawn, a driveway? Houses are the building blocks of streets, suburbs, towns and cities, woven into countless patterns of habitation.”
Published by Conran in conjunction with Design Museum, the worlds leading museum devoted to contemporary design.
We are in our 9th month of the extensive remodel of a 1969 home on the ocean in Manzanita, Oregon.
The very slightly pitched flat membrane roof is on, Kolbe CVG fir interior and clad exterior windows were installed, the ipe soffits are up, copper flashing is on, wood burning rais fireplace is in, electrical, sound system wiring, rough in plumbing, insulation is done, the radiant floor heat is being installed, the deck framing is up, sauna and outdoor shower has been framed out and the ipe siding is about to commence. The home is starting to take shape in it’s appearance. An absolute jewel box it will be.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.
Click here to see the complete report.
Things - by Dr. Crane
Most of us are sensitive to our surroundings. Beauty cheers and ugliness offends and the love of beautiful things is entirely without regard to their cost.
We may have to be poor, but none of us have to live in ugliness.
I will not pass my days with unspeakable wallpaper nor with table and chair and cupboard that shout at me, every time I look at them, the gospel of commonplaceness, cheapness and daftness.
Do not tell me you cannot help it and cannot afford it and all that. Whomever loves beauty requires the beautiful.
The soul spins it’s own web, secretes its own shell and blessed are those that hunger and thirst after beauty for they shall be filled.
My book case, my pen, my rugs and my lamp talk to me every day and I want them to say something worth while.